In the unsealed court documents, federal prosecutors lay out an illegal operation involving celebrities, CEOs, and top college athletic coaches-50 people total-who they say brazenly lied to elite universities and colleges to secure admissions for their already privileged children.
Coaches, including the women's soccer coach at Yale University and the sailing coach at Stanford University, took between $200,000 and $400,000 to accept the students onto their teams.
Court documents allege "Huffman and her husband [actor William H. Macy] 'made a purported charitable contribution of $15,000...to participate in the college entrance exam cheating scheme on behalf of her eldest daughter". Prosecutors alleged Huffman met with a confidential witness who explained that he could control an SAT testing center and could arrange for someone to proctor her daughter's test and correct it.
Meanwhile, William "Rick" Singer, 58, was charged racketeering conspiracy, money laundering conspiracy, conspiracy to defraud USA and obstruction of justice for his alleged involvement in the scheme. E!
Loughlin also allegedly gave $500,000 to have someone vouch that her child was part of the rowing team, when that was not true, the indictment states.
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The actress, best known for appearing as Lynette Scavo in Desperate Housewives, has been charged with conspiracy to commit mail fraud and honest services mail fraid. Her husband, the designer Mossimo Gianulli, is also charged with fraud, and appeared in court in Los Angeles on Tuesday before being released on $1 million bail.
Singer also helped parents stage photographs of their children playing sports or even Photoshopped children's faces on to images of athletes downloaded from the internet to exaggerate their athletic credentials.
"These parents are a catalogue of wealth and privilege", prosecutor Andrew Lelling said in announcing the 25 million dollar (£19 million) federal bribery case. Several of the colleges involved made no mention of taking action against the students. According to multiple reports, the actress landed at LAX on Tuesday during the court hearing.
Huffman allegedly paid $15,000 for her oldest daughter and began the process for her second child but ultimately abandoned the plan because she was anxious a fixed score would "set off alarm bells".
According to TMZ, 7 federal agents arrived at Huffman's home on Tuesday morning, guns drawn, and demanded she come out and surrender.
The post, titled Dear 16 Year Olds: Life Is Harsh And 5 Other Things You Need To Know, lists realities and advice to teenagers including that they will "get busted" if they lie to their parents.